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Moderate Earthquake in NZ near Masterson, Mag 5 +/- 0.2

  1. Apr 12, 2016 #1


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    There is some discrepancy on the magnitude.

    USGS reports - M4.8 - 12km WNW of Masterton, New Zealand
    2016-04-11 19:41:06 (UTC)
    Location: Lat 40.932°S, Long 175.514°E
    Depth: 27.1 km (16.9 mi) - shallow. Folks in the vicinity definitely felt it.

    Earthquake of 5.2 magnitude, centred near Masterton, rocks lower North Island (stuff.co.nz) attributed to Geonet

    "In the minutes following the quake there were a series of smaller ones in the same area, measuring 2.9, 2.6, 3.2, and 3.3."

    Did you get a signal Dave?
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  3. Apr 12, 2016 #2


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    yeah, I will believe the GNS report for this one. They have a very good saturation of sensors over the region
    where as the closest 2 for the USGS are Wellington, NZ and Raoul Is, (NZ) around 500km nth of the North Island, NZ

    only just saw some of the surface waves

    Quite rich in small aftershocks, here's the last 24 hour
    This also helps to confirm the M5+ status :)


  4. Apr 13, 2016 #3
    I was in the shower at the time, and my dad came in and asked if I felt the earthquake -- I didn't. It seems it occurred right below Masterton's water treatment plant.
  5. Apr 13, 2016 #4
    A guy on the radio asked if it knocked the froth off of your Latte :-)
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